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The Education Destination : The Education Destination
Academic and research excellence When you study at an Australian university, you learn in an environment of excellence including the academic curriculum, the experienced lecturers and the advanced research facilities. Australian universities are renowned for their teaching and research excellence. They offer a wide range of courses and research programs, attracting students and university staff from around the world. Australian universities have an international outlook which leads to high graduate employment in professions and businesses across the globe. Researchers from Australian universities have made world- fi rst breakthroughs and contributed to development in fields such as medicine, biotechnology, solar power, sustainability and astrophysics. Australia has 40 universities with campuses in many locations from capital cities to tropical and regional areas. Australian universities are set up by law and monitored by government regulations, ensuring an excellent level of quality. The Australian Qualifi cations Framework guarantees that the same courses are of the same high standard in every university. Diversity of courses and programs You’ll fi nd a course or research program to match your academic and career goals. Australian universities offer thousands of courses across a diverse range of subject areas. You can specialise in a very particular fi eld or take a broader approach. At the undergraduate level, you can study a bachelor degree. Postgraduate programs include postgraduate certificate and diploma, masters degree, Master of Philosophy, doctorate and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The education system encourages lifelong learning so you can upgrade your skills with a university program at any point in your career. 80 University programs Undergraduate Bachelor degree (3–5 years) Honours (1 year) Postgraduate Postgraduate certifi cate (6 months) Postgraduate diploma (1 year) Masters degree (1–3 years) Master of Philosophy (1.5–3 years) Doctorate (2–4 years) PhD (2–4 years) Australian universities range in size and vary from city campuses to those out in the countryside or near the beach. Programs take advantage of their local environments, so you may decide to study rainforests in a tropical area or marine science close to the ocean. All universities have state-of-the-art research facilities, as well as modern libraries, computer labs and specialist equipment such as editing suites for film students. The Australian academic style The Australian university system aims to produce graduates who are independent thinkers. In class, you will be encouraged to ask questions, be involved in discussions and form an opinion. It is the opposite of rote learning which students may have followed during school in their home countries. You learn important skills for your future – to be a critical thinker, to look for a creative approach and to solve problems. Universities provide academic support services, particularly for those who are new to the Australian education style. You can receive help on areas like taking notes, writing essays and assignments, presenting in class and researching in the library. All university lecturers and tutors are experienced in their fi elds. They will give you a combination of theoretical and practical insights into your chosen field. International links Australian universities take an international approach to their teaching and research. They have links and agreements with universities and organisations in other countries. University staff and students come from around the globe. With this INSTITUTIONS AND COURSES
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